Arts

James Ijames is exhausted, and rightly so. 

“If I’m going to do something, I’m putting my heart and soul into it,” he said.

Fatigue is part of the equation of being in theater, and the out Philadelphia performer and playwright understands it all too well as he wraps up one project and gets another underway.

As his play “Youth” completes its run at Villanova University (where he’s also an assistant professor of theater), Ijames has been rehearsing actors at the Arden Theatre Company for his adaptation of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.”

With this week’s start of the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition “Long Light | Photographs by David Lebe,” the out, New York-to-Philadelphia transplant puts all of his starkly experimental work and its diverse subject matter into one bushel, shakes it up and comes up with this sobering survey. 

For lovers who want to cuddle up and get romantic this Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds of watch options. While there are classic LGBT romances ranging from heartbreaking (“Brokeback Mountain”) to hopeful (“Desert Hearts”) to delightful (“Go Fish”), here are a dozen newish romantic films, now available on DVD or streaming services, to watch this week.

With a number of queer classics being screened this month at The Lightbox Film Center, there are at least two that definitely are worthy of your time.

Jean Vigo’s 1933 masterful “Zero for Conduct,” about “little devils at school,” will be screened Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the center on 3701 Chestnut St.

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